Rally for seeking permission to hold bull-taming sport

first_imgChennai, Jan 8 (PTI) Scores of jallikattu supporters today organised a rally here seeking permission to hold the bull-taming sport coinciding with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, a week away. Separately, young volunteers, mostly college students, observed a day-long fast seeking urgent measures to address the farmers problems in the state following drought in many districts. At the Marina beach, hundreds of Jallikattu suppporters turned up seeking permission for holding it, against which the Supreme Court upheld a ban last year. The volunteers held banners and posters demanding that the sport be held this year. Most of them insisted that they did not owe allegiance to any outfit or political party but wanted the traditional Tamil sport to be conducted this Pongal, i.e the coming week. Folk percussion instruments and a decorated bull added to the scene at Marina. The Supreme Court in November last had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state. Political parties including DMK have been pressing the Centre and state government to take steps to hold the sport coinciding with Pongal this year. At Chepauk, a group of volunteers sat on a day-long fast seeking measures to address the agrarian distress in the state following drought. In both cases, the volunteers, mainly comprising the young and educated, said they were drawn by online messages spread through Facebook and Whatsapp. PTI SA BNlast_img read more


Sam Allardyce fired as Everton manager after just six months

first_imgEverton sacked manager Sam Allardyce on Wednesday after a six-month reign that saw the former England national team boss steer the Merseyside club to eighth place in the Premier League.Allardyce, who replaced sacked Dutch manager Ronald Koeman in November with the club 13th and five points above the relegation zone, still had a year to run on his contract.”On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr (Farhad) Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months,” Everton’s newly-announced CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale said on the club’s website.”Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that. However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.”Despite a doing a solid job, the 63-year-old Allardyce had fallen out with a large majority of Everton’s fans who were not impressed with his management style.Allardyce, who was briefly England manager in 2016 before returning to club management at Crystal Palace last season, had already reacted angrily to the structural changes at the club prior to his meeting with majority owner Iranian-born British tycoon Farhad Moshiri.”I’m shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the football club didn’t have the decency to tell me, my Director of Football and my staff about the changes,” he told the Liverpool Post on Tuesday.advertisement”They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff.”Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is one of the favourites to take over at Goodison Park.(Source: Reuters)last_img read more